1081 Burrard Street
Anita Palepu, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACP
Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, UBC
Anne Gadermann, PhD
Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC SPPH
The Health and Housing in Transition Study: Predictors of QOL & health care service utilization among homeless & vulnerably housed individuals
Abstract: Housing is a fundamental human need and an important determinant of health. To understand the trajectories of individuals experiencing homelessness or housing vulnerability and the complex interactions between inadequate or unstable housing and health outcomes, longitudinal research is needed.
In this presentation, we will discuss findings from the Health and Housing in Transition (HHiT) study, a prospective cohort study that tracked the health and housing status of homeless and vulnerably housed individuals in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver over a four-year period. We will focus on the following objectives: (i) Identify predictive factors associated with subsequent homelessness among vulnerably housed individuals; (ii) Examine whether residential stability is associated with quality of life, unmet health care needs, and acute care use; (iii) Examine the association between the number of self-reported residential moves and hospitalization through administrative health data linkage; and (iv) Review the information participants provided on what supports their health and well-being and discuss implications for support systems.
Work in Progress (WiP) presentations take place at St. Paul’s Hospital in the Hurlburt Auditorium on alternating Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 PM. These seminars provide investigators with an opportunity to present ongoing research, obtain feedback from colleagues and peers, and make new connections for their projects. Talks are open, and a light lunch is served.